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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Virginia
Christopher R. Kavanaugh, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Friday, August 18, 2023

Abingdon Meth Trafficker Sentenced to 90 Months in Federal Prison

ABINGDON, Va. – An Abingdon man, who conspired with two other people to distribute methamphetamine throughout southwest Virginia, was sentenced Tuesday to 90 months in federal prison.

Charles Snead, 68, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possessing with intent to distribute and distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Snead’s co-conspirators, Chelsey Lynn Doss and William Whitt, were sentenced in March 2023 to 10 years in prison for their roles in the conspiracy.

According to court documents, Doss and Whitt were sources of methamphetamine for Snead, who had been selling methamphetamine in and around Abingdon for months. In July 2022, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant at Snead’s home and found one-quarter pound of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun.

U.S. Attorney Christopher R. Kavanaugh of the Western District of Virginia and Jared Forget, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Washington Division, made the announcement.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Whit D. Pierce prosecuted the case.


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